DJI Inspire 2 Pro and Cons
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DJI Inspire 2
The DJI’s Pro Inspire 1 drone has received several upgrades beyond its lifespan. Its modular camera design allows for a 1 / 2.3-inch X3 4K camera with three-quarters of a microphone for X5 and X5 raw variations. But now it’s time for a new aerial frame with two new camera options, a significantly improved speed and a distraction system. The Inspire 2 ($ 6,198 as reviewed) will be a favorite drone of pro filmmakers, local news outlets and deep-pocket fans, as it supports features that require aerial video, including dual-player control and pro-series video compression. . This is our editorial selection for high-end drones.
There are two remote supports, one for the pilot and the other for the camera operator. Unlike the Phantom 4 Pro, the Inspire 2 does not have a remote control integrated tablet. All video from the front camera and the Sennheiser camera is sent over the same stream, so the two operators must be 328 feet (100 m) apart when operating together.
The aircraft features several redundant systems. It has dual position measurement units (IMUs) and barometers, and the flight transmission system has a backup communication path. In addition, there are two batteries, so if one fails you can safely bring the I2 for landing. The included charger holds up to four at a time, which is useful if you end up buying an extra set or two. The battery is self-heating and can operate at temperatures as low as -4 degrees Fahrenheit (-20 degrees Celsius). The drone can be operated in areas above sea level. Its ceiling is 16,400 feet (5000 m).
Other automated flight options include Spotlight Pro, which allows you to identify and monitor a subject. The camera automatically aligns with the target as you fly the Inspire – just like having a virtual camera operator in
hand. Place of interest orbiting a subject Way and Waypoint Flight is not yet available but will come with a future update.
Inspire 2 uses a different flight app than previous DJ drones. You need to download DJI Go 4 to your Android or iOS device for control. The new app can import your flight logs from the cloud, suppose you sync them using the old DJI Go flight app. It also supports more recent models, including the Phantom 4, Phantom 4 Pro and Mavic Pro. Interestingly, DJI chose to split the app into a newer version. With the exception of some interface modifications, it is very similar to the old DJI Go app I used to use.
We received the premium Zenmuse X5S for review. The small Micro Four Threads camera supports changing lenses, captures video up to 5.2K in cinematic DNG quality, and can shoot 20MP stills in DNG and JPG formats. It is much smaller than the similar CGO4 camera paired with the Unek H920 (of Amazon). Also, unlike the H920, which has a reduced lens mount, you can use a third-party lens via a mechanical adapter, as long as they are smaller and lighter, they don’t bother with fixed gimbals. A 15mm f / 1.7 lens is included – it looks like the DJI-branded version of the Panasonic Lumix G-Lyca DG Sumilux 15mm f / 1.7.
Video and image quality
Even when shooting in low H.264 format, the aerial views you get from the Senmus X5S are stunning. The large three-quarter micro sensor, combined with the ability to change lenses, really opens up what you can do with a drone. The included lens has a harder field than the size you get from most aircraft, but only slightly – it is about 30mm, which is about the same as the full frame.
I flew with several different lenses in addition to the 15mm f / 1.7. The Olympus 25mm f / 1.8 X5S is small enough to work with gimbals and covers the traditional standard angle field. You won’t get great views from the air, but the feeling of depth and motion will improve. I also used the Olympus 12mm f / 2, which is a small wide angle gem. I set it to infinity and you don’t have to worry about automatic focus during flight – if you choose AF you have to tap the screen to set the focus point.